COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — AJ McCarron and Alabama was not about to let Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M get another signature win.
McCarron nearly matched the Heisman Trophy winner with four touchdown passes, and Vinnie Sunseri returned an interception 73 yards for a score — sidestepping Johnny Football on the way to the end zone, too — as No. 1 Alabama paid back No. 6 Texas A&M with a 49-35 victory Saturday.
Alabama (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) spotted the Aggies (2-1, 0-1) a 14-0 lead, shades of last season when A&M jumped out to a 20-0 lead in Tuscaloosa on the way to victory that all but won the Heisman for Manziel.
McCarron and the Tide didn’t take as long to respond this time, ripping off the next 35 points. McCarron tossed three touchdowns in the first half to put Alabama up 28-14. Sunseri’s pick-6 made it 35-14 less than three minutes into the third.
Manziel was his spectacular self, throwing for a career-best 464 yards and five TDs. But a first-half interception in the end zone swung the game the Tide’s way, and his third-quarter pick and whiff on the tackle put the Aggies in a deep hole.
Alabama’s best defense was its offense. The Tide gained 568 yards and kept Manziel on the bench with a couple of long drives.
The rematch was hyped for months, heightened by offseason drama over Manziel that culminated with the sophomore getting suspended for half the opening game after an NCAA investigation into whether he was paid for signing autographs.
No. 2 OREGON 59 TENNESSEE 14
EUGENE, Ore. — Marcus Mariota threw for a career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns for Oregon. Freshman Johnny Mundt, who replaced ailing tight end Colt Lyerla, had five catches for 121 yards and two TDs for the Ducks (3-0). Josh Huff added six catches for 125 yards and a score.
Mariota, who completed 23 of 33 passes, was the first Oregon quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in a game since Kellen Clemens in 2005. The sophomore quarterback’s yardage ties for the third-most in a game in school history.
Tennessee (2-1) took an early lead, but it was fleeting and the Ducks led 38-7 at halftime.
Justin Worley completed 13 of 25 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Volunteers.
No. 5 STANFORD 34 ARMY 20
WEST POINT, N.Y. — Kevin Hogan threw for three touchdowns and Tyler Gaffney had two touchdowns and 132 yards rushing for Stanford.
The Cardinal (2-0) entered the game as 30-point favorites but had their hands full from the opening kickoff, falling behind 6-0 to the much smaller Black Knights (1-2).
Hogan’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Gaffney after an Army turnover gave Stanford a 27-13 lead late in the third quarter and the Cardinal averted an embarrassing moment. Army has not defeated a ranked team since a 17-14 win over No. 15 Air Force on Nov. 4, 1972.
NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 27 KENTUCKY 13
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Senorise Perry ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns and Teddy Bridgewater overcame a shaky start to pass for 250 yards for Louisville, which scored on four consecutive drives to pull away from its instate rival.
The Cardinals (3-0) forced three turnovers, including two in their territory to preserve the win.
No. 10 FLORIDA ST. 62 NEVADA 7
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston accounted for three touchdowns and Florida State’s four tailbacks all scored.
Devonta Freeman ran nine times for 109 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles (2-0) and James Wilder Jr. added 45 yards and a score. Karlos Williams may have been the most impressive of the bunch. The former safety, who moved to offense after the season opener, ran eight times for 110 yards and a score. His 65-yard run made it 31-7 early in the third quarter.
No. 11 MICHIGAN 28, AKRON 24
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Fitzgerald Toussaint scored a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown with 2:49 left and Michigan made a desperately needed stop on the final play to hold on.
College football’s winningest program avoided getting upset at home — as it did against Appalachian State and Toledo — by a Mid-American Conference team that hasn’t won a road game in nearly five years and was expected to lose by more than five touchdowns.
The Wolverines (3-0) trailed twice in the second half — including with 4:10 left when Kyle Pohl threw a 1-yard TD — and allowed the Zips (1-2) to get to the Michigan 4 on the final drive of the game.
Pohl was pressured and hit by Brennen Beyer on the final play, leading to an incomplete pass in the end zone as time expired on fourth down.
Michigan won its 17th straight at home for the longest streak among BCS-conference teams and its best since winning the same number in a row from 1976-78.
Akron has lost 28 straight road games, the longest skid for visitors in the top tier of college football since Kansas State dropped 30 in a row from Nov. 9, 1985 to Nov. 2, 1991, according to STATS LLC.
No. 14 OKLAHOMA 51, TULSA 20
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Blake Bell passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his first start for Oklahoma.
Sterling Shepard caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns — all career highs — and Jaz Reynolds had 109 yards receiving and one score for Oklahoma (3-0). The Sooners scored on their first five possessions against Tulsa (1-2) to continue their dominance in the series, having won 12 of the last 13 games between the instate rivals.
The Sooners are 13-0 against Tulsa as a ranked team and 7-0 against the Golden Hurricane since Bob Stoops became Oklahoma’s coach in 1999.
Bell, a junior, lost a preseason competition to redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who bruised a knee against West Virginia. Bell, who served as a short-yardage rushing specialist the past two seasons backing up Landry Jones — was 27 of 37 passing.
Tulsa’s Cody Green completed 17 of 33 for 226 yards, while Trey Watts rushed for 60 yards on 14 carries and caught five passes for 65 yards. Watts, the son of former Oklahoma quarterback J.C. Watts, also returned a punt 77 yards to set up a field goal.
No. 16 UCLA 41, No. 23 NEBRASKA 21
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Brett Hundley threw three touchdown passes in the third quarter and UCLA came back from an 18-point deficit.
The Huskers (2-1), wearing alternate black jerseys instead of their traditional home red, looked to be in total control the first half. The Bruins (2-0) scored 35 straight points in 16 minutes. The barrage started with Paul Perkins’ 10-yard touchdown run to cut Nebraska’s lead to 21-10 the halftime.
Jordon James scored from 3 yards before Hundley threw TD passes of 28 yards to Shaquelle Evans, 12 yards to Phillip Ruhl and 3 yards to Nate Iese.
Nebraska allowed 236 yards in the third quarter and 504 for the game.
Hundley completed 16 of 25 passes for 294 yards, with one interception. Jordon James ran 22 times for 105 yards and a TD.
Taylor Martinez was 21 of 35 for 203 yards and three touchdowns, and Abdullah had 98 yards on 23 carries for the Huskers.